Communications Officer (Research and Analysis)
Full-time permanent position
Closing on Sunday, January 10, 2021
The Council of Canadians is a nonprofit organization that brings people together through collective action and grassroots organizing to challenge corporate power and advocate for people, the planet and our democracy.
With our volunteer chapters in communities across the country, we deliver online actions and hard-hitting analysis, hold creative local events and public actions, engage elected officials at all levels of government, and build strong networks and connections across the country and around the world.
The Council is looking for an experienced Communications Officer to help coordinate and contribute to our Research and Analysis.
Under the general direction of the Director of Communications and working in close collaboration with the Campaigners and other members of staff, the Communications Officer (Research and Analysis) is primarily responsible for planning and producing high-quality investigative research and analysis materials, primarily in the form of analysis posts to our website. The Officer will work closely with our Campaigners to develop and create timely analysis pieces consistent with the Council’s political goals. The Officer is also responsible for cultivating and maintaining effective relationships with contractors engaged in supporting research.
The Communications Officer (Research and Analysis):
Plans, develops and implements the Council’s Research and Analysis across all platforms: (60%)
- In coordination with the Campaigners and Organizers, contributes timely analysis posts to the Council’s website.
- Coordinates with the Council’s campaigners and organizers to conduct timely investigative research using tactics such as Freedom of Information requests, monitoring corporate shareholder meetings and political contributions);
- With members of the Development Team, assists with writing, editing and producing communication materials for the purposes of fundraising and communicating with Council donors.
- prioritizes areas for work in consultation with the Campaigners and campaign teams;
- and, performs all similar and related duties.
Implements the Council’s media strategy (20%):
- maintains the Council’s media contact list;
- identifies media opportunities through media monitoring and analysis;
- coordinates response to media inquiries from journalists;
- writes and, where appropriate, edits and ensures distribution of Council media releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, briefs and articles for the mass media in collaboration with other staff;
- prepares interview and speaking notes and works with spokespeople to prepare for media availabilities;
- and, performs all similar and related duties.
Assists in the production of the Council’s content (10%)
- Assists the Communications Officer, Digital Campaigns the drafting, editing, proofreading and production of written content across all mediums.
- improves clarity, consistency and accuracy of all Council materials;
General teamwork and operations (10%)
- contributes to an environment of respect, collegiality and professionalism within the work environment.
- Utilizes tact, discretion, and judgement at all times, including within the Council’s teams and with external partners, allies, and stakeholders.
- Contributes to cross-team projects, working-groups and campaigns while building a rapport with colleagues from other teams.
- participates in the planning and implementation of The Council’s long-term and annual plans and strategies.
- participates in regular joint work planning and work plan review sessions and annual performance evaluations;
- contributes to team coordination using current project management and collaboration tools.
- participates in team meetings to coordinate work, resolve operational issues and ensure harmonious relations amongst team members;
- contributes to the preparation of reports to the (Co-)Executive Director(s) and the rest of the organization as required.
- commitment to the Council’s values, vision and directions;
- at least four years experience in journalism, investigative research or communications; a university degree in journalism/communications or other relevant education is considered an asset;
- superior knowledge of current national economic, social and political issues;
- excellent research, writing, editorial and message-development skills;
- ability to edit and write a wide range of materials for dissemination of educational and political messages;
- thorough knowledge of, and at least three years experience editing and publishing materials;
- experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds is considered an asset.
- excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in English; French is considered an asset;
- ability to manage the work of consultants and contractors;
- ability to organize many ongoing projects and meet tight deadlines;
- proven skills and experience in the planning and implementation of projects;
- strong interpersonal skills and the ability to exercise tact, discretion and judgement at all times;
- curiosity and willingness to always be learning;
- proven administrative skills and an organized approach with an ability to prioritize and effectively handle many demands;
- capacity to work in a self-directed manner and demonstrated ability to work well within a team setting; and,
- strong computer skills including word-processing, team-collaboration tools, communications, spreadsheet and database software.
This position is based in Ottawa, however applicants who wish to work remotely from elsewhere in Canada will be considered. Additionally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will be required to work from home.
This is a full-time permanent position of 35 hours per week. Pay scale starting at $66,421.00 (Classification 5) per year.
The Council of Canadians is an equal opportunity employer and a unionized workplace represented by UNIFOR Local 567.
The Council of Canadians is committed to employment equity. We seek to build a diverse and welcoming team. We encourage individuals from communities facing systemic barriers to apply, including people of colour, Indigenous people, the Black community, women, LGBTQIA2S and people with disabilities. Please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for employment equity. Any such disclosure is voluntary, and you may identify with more than one community or group.
The Council further welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities and will make every effort to fulfill requests for accommodation. If you require accommodation to complete and submit your application and/or during the interview process, please advise the recruitment contact person, so arrangements can be made.
We appreciate all applications but only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
You can check the status of the recruitment process on our website at http://canadians.org/jobs.